AJ&K and GB –TOUR DESTINATIONS LIKE NO OTHER
This is where the world’s three mightiest mountain ranges of Karakorum, Hindukush and the Himalayas meet. A masterpiece of natural beauty with some of the most awe-inspiring places in the world, this is what they call a paradise on earth.
Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan – The most favorite tour destinations for every nature lover. Whether you are a mountaineer or a trekker, an angler or a wanderer or simply looking for an escape from the hectic routine, AJ&K and GB have something to satisfy your passion for the nature.
Valleys and Landscape of AJK and Gilgit Baltistan are a treat to the eyes with its spread of lively and vibrant blossoms against snowcapped mountains as backgrounds. The landscapes of these regions provide the scenic and mesmerizing beauty at its best. With its vast options of skiing in the snow while appreciating the beautiful views has its own joy.
Some of the beautiful places of Kashmir are Naltar Valley, Neelum Valley, Jhelum Valley, Leepa Valley, Toli pir, Gojal Valley, Deosai Plains, Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot and Pir Chinasi. Quietness and peacefulness are alternate names of the scenes of Gilgit Baltistan and some must to visit places are Chillas, Hunza, Haramosh Valley, Khunjerab Pass and Lashal.
View of both the regions are without a doubt a standout amongst the most lovely landscapes and offers scintillating sees and sere atmosphere. Tourists can have the experience of boating to trekking, bird watching to water skiing, mountain biking . These spots are known to draw out all the worry of each guest leaving them with peaceful mind and soul. Landscapes of Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan has to be in every visitors’ list of places to visit for its mesmerizing aura, stunning Flowers, undulated trekking routes, lofty mountain and breathtaking views
Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan are more then a natural wonder ; they are also a shelter for natural wildlife. These regions are rich in variety of untamed wildlife enhanced by rich variety of flora and fauna that not only impresses but also mesmerizes. Protecting a wide scope of world’s mammal species and birds, Kashmir compromises of diverse wildlife. With this, Gilgit-Baltistan is also home to a variety of spectacular and threatened wildlife.
Kashmir offers a sight and sound of probably some of the rarest and endangered species, for example majestic Kashmir Hangul, brown bears, snow leopard, Red Fox , himalayan weasel, himalayan black bear, himalayan brown bear, Ovis Ammon,Musk dear , Markhor, blue sheep, jackal,yellow-throated marten , hill fox, Himalayan griffon, lammergeyer, Kashmir grey langur , long tailed blue magpie and Himalayan weasel in Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary.
Inspite of conditions and ruthless hunting in past ,Gilgit Baltistan is home to many creatures that are endangered. Some of them are snow leopards, markhor ,ibex ,grey wolf ,Tibetan wolf and woolly flying squirrel. The place is also known for its stronghold of the Ladakh urial, Marco Polo sheep, Asiatic.
Wildlife tourism provides visitors the opportunity to understand and grasp wildlife better and connect with it. Varied wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan provide brilliant option for wildlife tourism. Watching birds and animals in their natural habitats is a treat to eyes. Both areas offer immense opportunities for wildlife tourism and a must to visit if you are a wildlife enthusiast.
Divine and mouthwatering delights of AJK and Gilgit Baltistan will leave your stomach full however your tongue craving for more. These areas are not just soothing to the eyes but also does wonders for your taste. What’s more is that it’s not only one food from the north that will do this. Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan areas have different cuisines, each to their own and once you try them, you’ll understand why this variety could not have fit one plate at once.
The beautiful province, AJK isn’t just famous for its magnificence and serenity but also offers mouthwatering dishes as well. Kashmiri food is mild in taste and rich in flavor with the use of hot flavors like cardamom, fennel, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and saffron. Impacted by Mughals, Kashmiri cooking is overwhelmingly non-vegan, with sheep, chicken or fish used as prime ingredients.Some of its dishes includes Rogan Josh, Modhur Pulao, Matschgand, Dum Aaloo, Aab gosht, Goshatba, Kashmir Muji gaad and Kashmiri Chai
Gilgit Baltistan cuisine is as diverse as it is unique.It offers you a variety of traditional foods on different occasions. These foods with their aroma can’t be ignored.You will find the true flavor of nature and purity in these foods. Some of Gilgit Baltistan well known traditional food dishes are Chapshoro, Mamtoo, Sharbat, Harisa, Molida, Garma, Berikutz ,Harissa, Diram, Mull, Gooli, Suppra, Khamuloot and many more.
The easiest way to experience native culture firsthand is by exploring the local cuisines of that area. You may not speak their language or know your way around town, but after trying out these delicacies you feel yourself as a part of their nativeland.
Tranquil, snowy and mesmerizing mountain lakes have been a major attraction of earth. Kashmir, affectionately called as paradise on Earth, is a characteristic heaven that can captivate anybody. Aside from its stunning mountains and breathtaking valleys, the lakes in Kashmir are also world famous and a traveler’s delight. Some of the beautiful lakes found in Kashmir are Baghsar lake, Banjosa lake, Chitta Katha lake, Ganga lake, Ratti Gali lake, Saral Lake etc which provide a beautiful view.
Lakes are Nature’s treasures as they offer a unique experience to people. Gilgit Baltistan have one of the beautiful lakes in the world and are credited for the emergence of a unique culture of the state. From freshwater to salty to hot spring ones ,it offers a peaceful and authentic experience of lake life. Some of the Gilgit Baltistan famous lakes are Attabad lake, Kachura Lake, Satpara Lake, Rama lake, Borith Lake, Naltar Lake which are must to visit.
Tourists can enjoy night camping, trout fishing, star gazing, photography and panoramic views of the lakes as they are perfect abodes for nature lovers. Calm, peaceful, and serene visitors can have their best experience visiting these incredible attractions.
History has its own way of expressing its self, when it comes to cultural and heritage values. Though AJK and Gilgit Baltistan are known for its beauty and breathtaking views, the history of these region dates back to thousands of years. Roaming or exploring any historical ruin or site can take you back to its era, presenting its preserved social, cultural and historical importance.
Bagh Fort, Mughal Mosque, Baghsar Fort, Ramkort Fort, Shrines of Khari Shareef, Pirchinasi, Red Fort, Kohala Bridge, Sharda Peeth are the major Historical sites in AJK. Whereas momentous landmarks of Gilgit Baltistan Alam Bridge, Danyore Rock inscription, Chaqchan Mosque, Khaplu Place, Keno Daas, Mughal Minar, Baltiti Fort and Altit Fort.
Visitors may come out of a sense of nostalgia for previous eras, out of wishing to learn about the cultural heritage, or learning about the historical context of the site from all around the world.On many sites, guided tours are offered for visitors which creates an ease from them in exploring the ironic antiquity.
The art and handicraft of AJK & GB are the representation of emotions and creativity, pouring from the heart and souls of its people The art and handicraft have earned its fame because of their uniqueness and elegance. Most of the population is involved in some way or other in making handicrafts. Reflecting their rich heritage and fine ancestry. These handicrafts are a major tourist attraction and have earned a popular admiration.
The handicraft industry till this day remained an important pilgrim in the economic development of the state and the industry has been the backbone in providing substantial opportunities for the families at home. There are different types of handicraft products with a wide range of utility. The traditional products are phasmina shawls, carpets silver ware, woodwork, embroidery, phulkari, etc. according to many sources it is stated that Naamda weaving in the 11th century when the Mughal emperor Akbar order for his favorite horse. To be covered properly. Stone crafting is also an art which is done by mostly men because it takes much more physical strength while on the other hands their counter parts stick to handicrafts like embroidery.
Gilgit is famous for its craftsmanship as well especially the ruby stone. Handmade rugs, traditional embroidered shawls, hand woven clothes are some of the trade marks of the craftsmanship in this region from decades. Wide range of stone work to rugs and wood work are all of specialties of this area
This seemingly small industries helped many in their day to day struggles especially those who faced physical disabilities. These homemade craft made their way throughout Pakistan and the rest of the world.